History HarsherInHindsight / Film

25th Aug '16 2:04:10 AM BoxerAndCrewSocks
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* In ''Film/SupermanReturns''; a penultimate scene has Perry White examining a Daily Planet headline reading "Superman is Dead" after stopping Lex's plans; with him saying to Richard Perry "always be prepared". While already a sad scene on its own, it's ''heartbreaking'' after the end of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' [[spoiler: where Superman really ''does'' die at the hands of Lex Luthor-created Doomsday in a HeroicSacrifice to stop him from destroying Gotham, with this continuity's Perry printing a near-identical headline in Clark's honor announcing his funeral]].

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* In ''Film/SupermanReturns''; a penultimate scene has Perry White examining a Daily Planet headline reading "Superman is Dead" after stopping Lex's plans; with him saying to Richard Perry White "always be prepared". While already a sad scene on its own, it's ''heartbreaking'' after the end of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' [[spoiler: where Superman really ''does'' die at the hands of Lex Luthor-created Doomsday in a HeroicSacrifice to stop him from destroying Gotham, with this continuity's Perry printing a near-identical headline in Clark's honor announcing his funeral]].
9th Aug '16 7:37:36 PM Kartoonkid95
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* The animated film ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' was conceived as a reflection on prejudice and profiling in 21st century America, with strong themes about unity and not letting biases and fear (both yours and others) overcome you or affect who you are. It came out in early 2016, a year which has come to see some of the worst cases of hate crime and racial profiling in years. Of course, one can look at it more positively as being exceptionally (and unfortunately) well-timed.
** The young hippo's line toward Judy, a rookie cop who was assigned to parking duty — "My mommy says she wishes you were dead" — comes across as harsh in the first place. However, it gets even more cringeworthy when 2016 was also the year of the mass shootings of police officers in Texas and Louisiana.

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* The animated film ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' was conceived as a reflection on prejudice and profiling in 21st century America, with strong themes about unity and not letting biases and fear (both yours and others) overcome you or affect who you are. It came out in early 2016, a year which has come to see some of the worst cases of hate crime crimes and racial profiling in years. Of course, one can look at it more positively as being exceptionally (and unfortunately) well-timed.
** The young child hippo's line toward Judy, a rookie cop who was assigned to parking duty — "My mommy says she wishes you were dead" — comes across as harsh in the first place. However, it gets even more cringeworthy when 2016 was also the year of the mass shootings of police officers in Texas and Louisiana.Louisiana.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'', a high wall is built along the beach near Prince Eric's castle, a security measure meant to keep Melody from going into the sea after Morgana tried to kill her when she was a baby. In 2016, Walt Disney World built stone a wall along Seven Seas Lagoon after an alligator killed a 2-year-old child in it.
9th Aug '16 9:08:06 AM siberia82
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** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': After watching ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (which revealed that the young Xavier taught Lehnsherr how to achieve greater control over his power by finding the point between rage and serenity--the latter requires a happy memory), Magneto's line of "Charles always wanted to build bridges" as he's moving a large section of the Golden Gate Bridge seems to indicate that he's thinking about his old friend instead of his mother in order to attain serenity. And like his mother, [[spoiler:Xavier--whom he loved as a brother--is now dead, so happy memories from their brief friendship in 1962 is all Magneto has left of him.]]



*** Xavier brings up Agent Stryker's "son William, whom you were thinking about, which is very nice". Considering how William Stryker treats his ''own'' son...

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*** Xavier brings up Agent Stryker's "son William, whom you were thinking about, which is very nice". nice." Considering how William Stryker treats his ''own'' son...



*** Possibly the biggest HarsherInHindsight moment is when Hank [=McCoy=] finally finishes work on his appearance-changing serum, calling it ''"[[Film/XMenTheLastStand the cure]]"''.

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*** Possibly the biggest HarsherInHindsight moment is when Hank [=McCoy=] finally finishes work on his appearance-changing serum, calling it ''"[[Film/XMenTheLastStand the cure]]"''.cure]]."''
*** After the revelation in this film that the young Xavier taught Lehnsherr how to achieve greater control over his power by finding the point between rage and serenity--the latter requires a happy memory--Magneto's line of "Charles always wanted to build bridges" in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' as he's moving a large section of the Golden Gate Bridge seems to indicate that he's thinking about his old friend instead of his mother in order to attain serenity. Like his mother, [[spoiler:Xavier--whom he loved as a brother--is now dead, so happy memories from their brief friendship in 1962 is all Magneto has left of him]].



*** It's rather cruel of Mystique not to warn Professor X in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' that Stryker was planning on attacking the school. Although she and Xavier are estranged beyond repair by this point, you'd think that Mystique would still be concerned about the safety of fellow mutants (especially those who are children) even if she had stopped caring about Charles like a brother.



*** In ''Film/XMen'', Mystique injected a substance into Cerebro that was either meant to put Xavier into a coma or kill him. Now that old Xavier himself confirms that he and Mystique grew up together, it turns her actions in the first film into a cruel betrayal. Mystique had fallen so low that she had no emotional problem with putting her adoptive brother into a coma and possibly killing him just to further an agenda.

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*** In ''Film/XMen'', ''Film/XMen1'', Mystique injected a substance into Cerebro that was either meant to put Xavier into a coma or kill him. Now that old Xavier himself confirms that he and Mystique grew up together, it turns her actions in the first film into a cruel betrayal. Mystique had fallen so low that she had no emotional problem with putting her adoptive foster brother into a coma and possibly killing him just to further an agenda.



*** In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Iceman tells Wolverine that there's no liquor at the school. While the ''X2'' scene was probably meant to imply that the Professor didn't want to encourage underage drinking, the revelation in ''Days of Future Past'' that Charles had a serious drinking problem during the late 60's and early 70's puts the line in a darker light. Like many recovering alcoholics, Charles likely doesn't want liquor in his house out of fear of a relapse.

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*** In When Bobby informs Logan in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' that there is no beer at the school, it's obviously because Professor X doesn't want to encourage underage drinking, but there is an additional reason for the alcohol-free environment. This installment reveals that Charles was a drunkard in between 1963 and 1973, so naturally his older, wiser self doesn't want to be tempted by drink and risk a relapse.
*** We learn that Xavier harboured a DarkSecret from his childhood (i.e. mistaking the onset of his telepathy at age nine for a severe mental illness). While it's hinted in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' that his mother is an innately cold person, at least some of her aloofness can be attributed to the ''very'' strong stigma which existed around psychiatric disorders in the 1940s. No wonder Raven was Charles' oldest ''and'' only true friend--she was the ''sole'' individual in his social circle who didn't consider to him to be a "lunatic" because he heard voices in his head.
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''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Iceman tells Wolverine Stryker's grave warning is, "One day, someone will finish what I've started!", and mutant genocide actually does become reality in this movie. The colonel wasn't making an empty threat ''at all''; he was plainly aware of Trask Industries' progress on the Sentinels, and he knew it was only matter of time before the robots were sophisticated enough to slay even the most powerful mutants.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
*** This film's central theme is families coming together, and it's ironic
that there's no liquor Creator/JamesMcAvoy, who plays a character who is a father figure to a surrogate family, announced on May 13, 2016 while he was still promoting ''X-Men: Apocalypse'' that he and his wife of 9 years were getting a divorce; their son was 5 years old at the school. While the ''X2'' scene was probably meant to imply time.[[note]]What's even worse is that James' own father divorced his mother when he was 7, so now he's part of ''two'' broken homes. ''Ouch.''[[/note]] The actor chose a really bad time to make this news public; throughout his marriage, [=McAvoy=] was reputed to be a devoted family man, so his subsequent interviews for the Professor didn't want movie become ''extremely'' awkward to encourage underage drinking, read/listen to when he has to discuss its familial aspects.
*** In ''The Rogue Cut'', Ms. Maximoff is seen consuming alcohol while watching TV in
the revelation in ''Days middle of Future Past'' that Charles had the day; a serious drinking problem decade later, she's holding a drink during daytime while talking to her son Peter. It's bad enough that Quicksilver grew up without a father; living with an alcoholic mother definitely can't be easy. One of the late 60's and early 70's puts reasons why Ms. Maximoff is [[DrowningMySorrows drowning her sorrows]] is because she's bitter at Erik for abandoning her before Peter's birth, which would've been in the line in a darker light. Like many recovering alcoholics, Charles likely doesn't want liquor in his house out of fear of a relapse.mid-1950s, when unmarried women with children were treated like social pariahs.
6th Aug '16 10:47:30 AM Premonition45
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** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', after meeting Demora Sulu, Chekov comments that "I was never that young" and Kirk says "no, you were younger". [[Film/StarTrek Come 2009, everyone is younger, but Chekov in particular stands out]]. And then, in 2016, Creaton/AntonYelchin, who succeeded Creator/WalterKoenig as Chekov, died suddenly at age 27, even younger than Koenig was when he took the role.

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** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', after meeting Demora Sulu, Chekov comments that "I was never that young" and Kirk says "no, you were younger". [[Film/StarTrek Come 2009, everyone is younger, but Chekov in particular stands out]]. And then, Tragically, in 2016, Creaton/AntonYelchin, who succeeded Creator/WalterKoenig as Chekov, died suddenly at age 27, even younger than Koenig was when he took the role.
5th Aug '16 11:07:41 AM Premonition45
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** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', after meeting Demora Sulu, Chekov comments that "I was never that young" and Kirk says "no, you were younger". [[Film/StarTrek Come 2009, everyone is younger, but Chekov in particular stands out]]. And then, in 2016, Koenig's successor, Creaton/AntonYelchin, suddenly died at age 27, even younger than Koenig was when he took the role.

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** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', after meeting Demora Sulu, Chekov comments that "I was never that young" and Kirk says "no, you were younger". [[Film/StarTrek Come 2009, everyone is younger, but Chekov in particular stands out]]. And then, in 2016, Koenig's successor, Creaton/AntonYelchin, who succeeded Creator/WalterKoenig as Chekov, died suddenly died at age 27, even younger than Koenig was when he took the role.
5th Aug '16 11:06:37 AM Premonition45
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** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', after meeting Demora Sulu, Chekov comments that "I was never that young" and Kirk says "no, you were younger". [[Film/StarTrek Come 2009, everyone is younger, but Chekov in particular stands out]]. And then, in 2016, Koenig's successor, Creaton/AntonYelchin, suddenly died at age 27, even younger than Koenig was when he took the role.
30th Jul '16 10:17:56 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is about a man who goes insane, and at one point looks as if he is going to shoot a U.S. Senator. After the film's release John Hinckley Jr., an actual crazy man, saw the film over and over again, developing an obsession with actress JodieFoster (the film was her breakout role). He then attempted (but thankfully failed) to kill U.S. President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, all while apparently imitating a scene from the movie in the hopes of somehow impressing the actress.

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* ''Film/TaxiDriver'' is about a man who goes insane, and at one point looks as if he is going to shoot a U.S. Senator. After the film's release John Hinckley Jr., an actual crazy man, saw the film over and over again, developing an obsession with actress JodieFoster (the film was her breakout role). He then attempted (but thankfully failed) to kill U.S. President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, all while apparently imitating a scene from the movie in the hopes of somehow impressing the actress.
27th Jul '16 9:50:04 PM Premonition45
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** ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'': When Kirk and Bones hold a little impromptu birthday celebration and memorial for Kirk's father, Bones [[ToAbsentFriends pours a third glass of scotch]]. While in the film it's meant to be a a memorial to Kirk's father, fans could also easily interpret as an unintentional memorial to Creator/AntonYelchin, Chekov's actor, who died in a car accident a month before the film was released. What also makes this hit harder is that ''Bones found the scotch in Chekov's locker.'' And towards the end, Kirk makes a toast to fallen friends, and the cut to the crowd around him has Chekov right in the center.
24th Jul '16 11:08:01 AM mavacca
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* In Gore Vidal's 1964 political drama ''The Best Man'' a [[NoPartyGiven nameless American party]] is selecting its Presidential Nominee. The two frontrunners are the leaders of the progressive wing and of the conservative wing of the Party, two men who strongly despise each other. At the end, the former, played by {{Henry Fonda}}, [[DarkHorseVictory throws the votes of his pledged delegate behind a dark horse candidate]] to deny the latter, [[CorruptPolitician a corrupt and ruthless politician]] played by {{Cliff Robertson}}, the nomination. Then, he delivers a {{the reason you suck}} speech to his opponent, bluntly stating why he is unfit for the presidency. Whom is based upon Cliff Robertson’s character? None other than {{Richard Nixon}}.
-->'''William Russell''': You have no sense of responsibility towards anyone or anything. And that is a tragedy in a man, and a disaster in a president.
23rd Jul '16 12:00:00 PM PersonalPOV
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* The main plot of ''Bastille Day'' is about a series of terrorist attacks that culminate in riots on Bastille Day [[spoiler: that are meant to hide a heist by the police]]. Not only does the plot feel creepy after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Nice_attack the Bastille Day, 2016 terrorist attack on the Promenade Des Anglais in Nice]], it gets even more awkward when you find out that his movie was supposed to come out in France on the very day the terrorist attack happened, since it was both Bastille Day and a friday.
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